We propose to develop a hub by the name Partnership for Mental Health Development In Sub-Saharan Africa (PaM-D). The hub is aimed at creating an infrastructure to develop mental health (MH) research capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and to advance global MH science by conducting innovative public health-relevant MH research in the region. The hub will bring together institutions in six countries in great need for major improvements in their health systems: Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Liberia with outstanding researchers from institutions in the US and UK, in partnership with government departments and non-governmental organizations. It will consist of a multidisciplinary team of internationally renowned researchers whose direct experience about the complex and peculiar mental health situations in Africa will be channeled towards addressing the diverse needs associated with low policy priority for mental health, extreme paucity of human resources, poor community awareness, low recognition of mental health conditions and under-treatment of those conditions.
The aims i nclude: (1) bringing together service providers, policy makers, and researchers with expertise in global MH to create a Sub-Saharan MH Research Hub that will establish itself as a regional center supporting research capacity-building and innovative MH service development in the region, focusing, initially, on expanding service for persons suffering from one of the most disabling mental health problems: psychosis and (2) developing and implementing targeted programs of training and mentoring that build mental health research capacity in a broad range of mental health professionals with a view to creating and supporting a critical mass of experts for innovative mental health research to address the region's mental health needs.

Public Health Relevance

Most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are in great need of MH service scale-up to address the growing burden of MH conditions. The proposed hub will conduct empirical research on task-shifting approaches with potentials to help the countries meet this need.. Capacity for mental health research will be developed in a broad range of professionals to create a critical mass of researchers able to secure research funding, address community's mental health needs, and provide evidence for mental health policy development.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Research Program--Cooperative Agreements (U19)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZMH1)
Program Officer
Pringle, Beverly
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
University of Ibadan
Zip Code
Gureje, O; Seedat, S; Kola, L et al. (2018) Partnership for mental health development in Sub-Saharan Africa (PaM-D): a collaborative initiative for research and capacity building. Epidemiol Psychiatr Sci :1-8
Gureje, Oye; Makanjuola, Victor; Kola, Lola et al. (2017) COllaborative Shared care to IMprove Psychosis Outcome (COSIMPO): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials 18:462
Nortje, Gareth; Oladeji, Bibilola; Gureje, Oye et al. (2016) Effectiveness of traditional healers in treating mental disorders: a systematic review. Lancet Psychiatry 3:154-70
Makanjuola, Victor; Esan, Yomi; Oladeji, Bibilola et al. (2016) Explanatory model of psychosis: impact on perception of self-stigma by patients in three sub-saharan African cities. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 51:1645-1654
Schneider, M; van de Water, T; Araya, R et al. (2016) Monitoring and evaluating capacity building activities in low and middle income countries: challenges and opportunities. Glob Ment Health (Camb) 3:e29
Pilowsky, Daniel J; Rojas, Graciela; Price, LeShawndra N et al. (2016) Building Research Capacity Across and Within Low- and Middle-Income Countries: The Collaborative Hubs for International Research on Mental Health. Acad Psychiatry 40:686-91
Gureje, Oye; Nortje, Gareth; Makanjuola, Victor et al. (2015) The role of global traditional and complementary systems of medicine in treating mental health problems. Lancet Psychiatry 2:168-177